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the altar on a moving platform, so he doesn't have to walk down the long aisle. sometimes he using a cane. his brothers says the doctors told hi not to take any more transatlantic trips. >>> he is also an nbc vattian analyst. george, good to see you. you and i are in somewhat frequent contact, as you send out notes about what's going on, but did anybody really see this coming? i nope he's talked about the possibility of retirement, but now? >> i was going to say, chris, it's an unexpected pleasure to see you today. this is a surprise to timing, not to fact. the pope has indicated on several previous indications if he ever came to the decision in prayer and conscience he could not give the service the church deserved, he would leave, not stand on his ego or stand on ceremony. he would clear the path for a new pope. the timing is a bit surprising, but when it happens in 719 years, it's always going to be surprising. >> you know what i thought, george, i thought he must -- do you think he's slowing down or he's really not well? >> i saw the pope in december shortly after he made six new card
us next week is a caricature of democrats, republicans feel like democrats successfully charactered mitt romney who favors the rich over the middle class, played him as a greedy republican. so they're going to flip the script a bit on democrats and say, hey, these are the guys who love big g. they love big spending, they can't get new, they can't find anything to cut in a trillion dollar budget? you have to be kidding me. we'll see a replay of these very stereo typical care ka turs that both parties like to trot out. that's why i believe there won't be a lot of movement, even as the senators bring their sequester bill to the floor that would avoid some of these kits. >> let me get your take on this quote -- in hans christian andersen terms, obama is the princess and sequester is the pea. over the next ten years it amounts to a $1.16 trillion cut or roughly three cents on every dollars. we might as well begin our great national bankruptcy proceedings right now. what do you make of that analysis? >> i find it interesting, because i'm hearing this all of a sudden in unison from a lot o
it now is for us to cut social security, medicare, and not close a single loophole. and i have to tell you, if that's an argument they want to have before the court of public opinion, that is an argument i'm more than willing to engage in. >> but if there's one thing republicans are pretty much united on, it's that revenue is absolutely not an option. >> this quest to continually to raise taxes is not going anywhere. we've already done that. >> americans do not support sacrificing real spending cuts for more tax hikes. >> this is the wrong time for sequestration to take place. we should be able to sit down together and resolve this without again asking the american people to have their taxes increased. >> i want to bring in roll call cheryl and washington bureau chief ryan grim. good morning. >> good morning. >> the president says let's replace this with taxes and alternate cuts. republicans say cuts but no taxes. is it clear, ryan, who has the upper hand here? >> it's not entirely clear. republicans certainly feel like they have the upper hand here, much more so than the fiscal cliff.
justification for using drone strikes to kill american citizens. >> this is an encouraging first step, and especially because it comes at a time when the lines have blurred between the military and the intelligence field, and it's going to be so important to do robust congressional oversight in order to protect both our security and our liberty. >> senator widen is one of the senators who was pushing for the release of more noftion and it comes just hours before the confirmation hearing for john brennan. the white house counterterrorism adviser was the architect of the president's drone policy and one of its biggest defenders. >> it's this surgical precision, the ability with laser-like focus to eliminate the cancerous tumor called an al qaeda terrorist. >> i want to bring in "the washington post's" political reporter nia-malika henderson and politico's white house reporter carrie brown. good morning. >> good morning. >> this issue has been simmering for a while. why did the white house decide to do this now? >> well, this wasn't about to go away for the president and it was particula
to reform our tax good. bring down the rates for all americans to make it fair. they expect us to continue to expand american energy production throughout our count country. it will give us a huge advantage if we continue to develop our energy resources. and i think most americans believe that we have to stop government overregulation that's strangling our economy and economic growth. last night the president offered up more of the same. higher taxes and more stimulus spending. and just as disappointing, we're weeks away from the president's sequester and the president laid out no plan to lieliminate the sequester and the harmful cuts that will come as a result of it. republicans have twice passed bills on the sequester. it's upon democrats to show us their plan to stop the e sequester from going into effect. >> good morning. house republicans this year are going to be about making life work for more american es. now we intend to go forcefully with a plan to help folks in terms of education, in terms of health care, in terms of facilitating better work and better opportunity. now last nigh
've done in cuts, about 600 billion to 700 billion in new revenues. i'd like to see us end at a point where we're 50/50. i think the president going out to the country and saying this should be a balanced plan about 50/50, the american people agree with that. but as dana and lynn were pointing out, it's going to be hard to get to that here in the congress. and while the american people will just blame congress, and i think that's quite true they won't distinguish so much between the parties, the reality is, democrats have been willing as we've seen from the $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction we've already done to more than meet the gop half way. but the gop's going to have to be a negotiating partner with us and a lot of the fight right here on the hill right now is not between democrats and republicans. it's between republicans and republicans in the house of representatives. >> they'll be looking at congress and saying democrats or republicans, it's your fault. >> there'll be many that won't discriminate between the two parties. but here on the ground, there is, i think, recognition that
that are being used? >> let me just say that my heart just goes out to the newtown parents and the entire community that was just devastated by this violence and so we see this in a much smaller way, all across our country every day, with violence in general. i want to make sure that we're looking at this issue intelligently and from all -- why adam lanza did what he did. unprecedented levels of violent games, music, so on. none of these things that we're talking about right now that are the biggest in the message is really going to help what happened in newtown. so i'm disappointed that we're doing a knee jerk reaction, only talking about it from one end, i think we have to talk about mental illness, about the breakdown of the family, about violence, about holding people who use guns and violent actions accountable, such as in the federal law where there's a penalty for just possessing a gun. >> i'm not sure that you can say there has been a conversation about the role of mental illness and there have been a lot of discussions on both sides of the aisle about that. and so i'm wondering d
understand 5,000 data samples per second. which is good for business. because planes use less fuel, spend less time on the ground and more time in the air. suddenly, faraway places don't seem so...far away. ♪ >>> good morning. i'm chris jansing, live in vatican city. you can see the vatican behind me. and boy, there is an interesting energy in this city. preparations underway for the conclave. that will, of course, elect the successor to pope benedict after that shocking decision yesterday to step down. and another big story we're following is back at home, because the president is putting the finishing touches on the first state of the union speech of his second term. and we'll have a lot more on that coming up in this hour. but this morning, we are starting to get new information about pope benedict, and particularly about his health. decisions that may have played into his shocking announcement to abdicate. for example, we now know this morning, the pope has had a pacemaker for some time and actually had a minor operation to replace its batteries three months ago. we're also hearing
, the poll shows that the win is essentially at the back of advocates for new gun laws but can they use the public sentiment to their advantage and if so how? >> i think the senate is still a very tough lift on these, particularly on the assault weapons ban. i think, you know, most people think realistically the only thing that could happen is the legislation on background checks. you know, these national poll numbers really don't give you a very good reflection of, you know, the united states senate, where, you know, it's -- people from rural states have the sort of disproportionate influence in the senate. it's 100 senators, two from each state and the national poll numbers don't reflect the political reality a lot of these guys see at home. >> i'm wondering since it has been generally accepted background checks were more likely than the assault weapons ban how bad is the sticking point they have? are they likely to push through it? >> it is pretty significant. tom coburn the republican from oklahoma is really key to these talks. chuck schumer the new york democrat is trying to get co
, and continues the slow but steady economic recovery. it comes right after we learned the u.s. economy shrank for the first time in three years. gdp fell up .1% in the fourth quarter of 2012. part of the economic pause was because of hurricane sandy. but it was also because of big cuts in defense spending. >>> we also learned yesterday that members of the president's job council are out of a job. the council had a two-year charter that will not be renewed. this morning, speaker john boehner said this is the wrong time for president obama to scrap his jobs council and delay his budget. month after month, we see the same thing, high unemployment and even more debt. the white house knew this criticism was coming. >> when we hear some of the somewhat ridiculous criticisms about this, they come from people on capitol hill who have consistently opposed every growth initiative and job creation initiative the president has put forward. >> i want to bring in "washington post" political reporter karen tumelty and michael crowley. good morning. >> nice to be here. >> he asked the chairman of the white h
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to get done, but i'm still not sure it will get done. the president is smart here. he's using his big approval ratings to force lawmakers into seeing things his way. that gets a lot of complaints on the hill, particularly from republicans who say, why don't you come help us legislate something, instead of campaigning all around the country on this. and the devil always, with immigration, is in the details. you talked about high-skill immigration for one. everyone agrees that we should have smarter people here, but that's a carrot in terms of, you know, comprehensive bill. nobody wants to just pass that one piece, because then it gets harder to make a path for citizenship, for everyone else, because that's the harder piece of that. so they don't want to give up these things that everybody agrees on and pass them piecemeal for things that the people don't agree on will then fall by the wayside. >> the short-termism is really disappointing, because, you know, i was just talking to general electric, as a matter of fact, the other day. they've got a lot of new plants opening up, a lot of d
to make the critical ones. >> is this something you would support or could use as a starting point? >> we need to use it as a starting point. i'm not telling you that it's perfect. you know? i don't think, you know, senator simpson walked down from the mountain with all of the solutions. i think we need to sit and starting talking about this as opposed to to posturing. whether the president invites a republican or knows his name? these are absurd postulations. we can't grow the economy when people don't know what it looks like. >> you're on the subcommittee on immigration and huge outrage from the republicans about the leak of those details on the plan of immigration. when you look at the details, is the white house plan more in line with your beliefs? what about the senate bipartisan plan? tell me where you think this is right now. >> again, this is a perfect example what is going on that is wrong. the president's plan is right on all four of where senator rubio has been talking about. he hits all of the points. you know, it's about securing the border. it's about verification and findin
who may not be as time tested with that type of crowd should learn to get used to it. we're going to see a lot as this debate goes forward. from certain members of the republican base that don't really want to see something go through that would allow illegal immigrants have a path to citizenship. >> let me play another clip from the town hall. >> you want to round up 11 million people and send them back to their country? they are not going to do that. they are not going to do that. >> you're saying 11 million, it's more like 30 million. >> you're not telling the truth, not telling the fact. wait a minute, i've got to stop you when you tell these people something that's untrue. >> obviously felicia, john mccain is as jackie pointed out very aware of this faction of his party. the white house knows it too. how do they work around this with members of congress who come from districts that have very vocal, even if they are minorities of people who don't want a path to citizenship? >> i think it's a really interesting timing when you look at the leak of the white house plan they've be
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really ought to stop come paining and come back to the take and work with us. >> and while there are no 11th hour meetings, no real negotiations, but lots of finger pointing, the president says there is still time for a deal. >> here's the thing. these cuts do not have to happen. congress can turn them off any time with just a little bit of compromise. >> john boehner has just come to the microphones. let's listen. >> i don't think the president's focused on trying to find a solution to the sequester. the president has been traveling all over the country and today going down to newport news in order to use our military men and women as a problem in yet another campaign rally to support his tax hike. now, the american people know the president gets more money, they are just going to spend it. and the fact is, he has gotten his tax hikes. it ti it's time to focus on the real problem and that is spending. the president has known for 16 months that this sequester was looming out there. when the supercommittee failed to come to an agreement. and so for 16 months, the president h
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in new revenue, where were the spending cuts? now again he wants to raise taxes. i think it's time for us to cut spending. >> and those comments followed pat toomey, who said sorry, president obama, no more tax increases. mitch mcconnell said the government will not support more tax hikes in place of the meaningful spending reductions. so what's behind the president talking about this yesterday? >> it's no surprise. of course they're going to say it's d.o.a. they always say it's d.o.a. >> but is it d.o.a.? >> i'm not sure it is. i do think there is renewed pressure on republicans to get renewed spending cuts in this round. you see indications that house republicans especially are saying that they will swallow that sequester if that's what it takes to get actual spending cuts out of this president. >> the president didn't get specific, which is one of the criticisms yesterday. and house democrats want to replace the sequester by cutting farm subsidies. republican don't like that idea. so i guess what are the chances that the sequester, the cuts, that all this snaps. >> the sequester is loo
on arrival in congress leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come. i mean. sure, republicans will shoot down anything that came from the white house anyway, is that all part of this? >> it absolutely is. in a way, whether or not the white house meant to leak this or not, they wanted this out there and in a way it gets republicans a lot of cover. they can shoot down the force for ray and that gives them a lot of room to work with congress and come up with their own deal without looking like they're cooperating with the president f he has his eyes on 2016, he does not want to look like he was hand-in-hand with the president on this very important legislative issue >> one of the senators that is working part of this bipartisan group is senator chuck schumer. let me play what he had to say. >> we talked to senator rubio and he is fully on board with our process and i am very hopeful that in march we will have a bipartisan bill. i am happy with the president. he has given us the space, and i am optimistic we can get something done. >> he is sayin
office has said it will cost us 750,000 jobs. >> but you know -- you know what the counter is. two things really. one, they say the real problem in terms of jobs and losing jobs if you start to raise taxes because that will be what is the real hit on the economy. and then there are people like nebraska's governor, dave hyneman, told "the new york times," the white house is engaged in scare tactics. every governor in this country knows how to cut their budget by 2%, 3%. the white house ought to learn how to do it. what about those? >> is the non partisan independent congressional budget office engaged in scare tactics, too? of course not. they say -- very clearly -- that if you suck $110 billion out of the economy between march 1 and the end of this year, 750,000 americans are going to see their jobs lost. lack of jobs gained. that's a full third, one-third of economic output in this country between now and the end of the year. this is not the obama administration. these are the non partisan professionals of the congressional budget office. that's why it is really for to replace these very
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